Hate Speeches: Delhi HC Rejects Plea for Action Against PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi

The Delhi High Court dismissed a plea on Monday which sought direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly delivering communally divisive speeches during Lok Sabha poll campaigning, citing a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Plea not Satisfactory

A single bench of Justice Sachin Datta stated that the plea lacked merit and was misconceived, emphasizing that the ECI has the autonomy to assess complaints independently, in accordance with the law.

The court referenced its previous order concerning a speech by the prime minister, allegedly soliciting votes based on religion and deities, underscoring that making any assumptions beforehand is unwarranted.

The Election Commission’s counsel informed that a comprehensive advisory has been issued to all political parties, assuring that appropriate action will be taken if deemed necessary based on the responses received.

The Petitioner’s Argument

The petitioner’s counsel argued that the ECI should apply consistent standards in addressing complaints against politicians.

The plea contended that despite complaints lodged with the ECI, no action has been taken against Prime Minister Modi and other BJP members for their alleged hate speeches.

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